Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival is Cygnet Theatre’s annual festival of readings of new plays presented in collaboration with Playwrights Project. The festival introduces San Diego playgoers to new works by local artists and also offers a series of workshops designed to introduce curious audiences to the art of playwriting. In addition, the three-day festival at the Old Town Theatre includes opportunities for informal forums to meet the playwrights.
With the festival around the corner, we asked our playwrights to tell us how the process is going for them. Here’s playwright Paul-David Halem talking about his play, Mannequins.
How has working with theatre artists from Cygnet Theatre and Playwrights Project helped your writing for Playwrights in Process?
I have been truly fortunate to have Derek Livingston as both my Director and Dramaturg. He has read my play no less than 7 times, and each time has offered wonderful suggestions for the rewriting process. I have a wonderful cast of actors with Jason Heil as the lead who have brought my words to life. All of the actors also have been helpful with suggestions and comments. This has been the most nurturing experience I have ever had. There is no doubt in my mind that “Mannequins” has reached a level that could not have been achieved without their generous help. My heartfelt thanks to Derek Livingston and the wonderful cast he has assembled - Jason Heil, Whitney Thomas, Cameron Sullivan, and Linda Libby.
On his inspiration for the play: I’ve often been accused of having a warped sense of humor. As for my inspiration – it is getting to have my characters have outrageous experiences that I would never get to have in my suburban existence.
About Mannequins: Life is more interesting if it’s not what it seems to be. Fade in on a successful actor trying to read a hot new film script. Phone calls, delusional friends, and a hunky burglar disrupt his plans…as the mannequins watch.
See Mannequins on Sunday, Nov 9 at 7:00pm. View complete information on workshops and plays:http://www.cygnettheatre.com/connect/playwrights.php
A huge thanks to Festival sponsors Bill and Judy Garrett.